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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-29-2021, 11:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,060
Posted By rcsilvmac
NorCal Scenery

Enjoyed a few flights up and down the Sierra Foothills west of Lake Tahoe. Took advantage of beautiful weather in California this weekend.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2021, 10:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,853
Posted By rcsilvmac
Napa Bike Tour

I flew my RV6-A with a friend from Placerville KPVF (east of Sacramento) to Napa KAPC for a day of sightseeing and some exercise. As we planned the trip we discovered the "Vine Trail," which runs...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2021, 07:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,588
Posted By rcsilvmac
WOW!

What a dramatic improvement in the Van's online store experience!!! I will definitely be shopping on this site a lot more often. Congratulations to the team at Van's that made this happen!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-16-2021, 05:21 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,456
Posted By rcsilvmac
Electric Unicycle - EUC

I started on a One Wheel, and after taking a header at 15MPH, I switched to an Electric Unicycle (EUC). My EUC weighs 27lbs and fits easily in the back of my RV-6. I bought a used Inmotion V8 for...
Forum: Safety 11-09-2021, 03:59 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,808
Posted By rcsilvmac
You are not the only one...

Not too long ago I was in a similar situation. I was chatting with a friend while doing my pre-takeoff checklist. I pulled up to the hold short line, did a cursory look at the runway (uncontrolled...
Forum: Safety 10-25-2021, 02:04 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 8,078
Posted By rcsilvmac
My opinion

I have seen a number of videos related to this incident, including the one published by the PIC. He made a large number of poor decisions, resulting in the accident you describe, then slinged mud...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2021, 08:10 PM
Replies: 60
Sticky: Daily RV Pic
Views: 10,965
Posted By rcsilvmac
New Sights!

My RV allows me to experience places in a whole new way! This is the Grand Canyon...
Forum: California 09-28-2021, 12:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,464
Posted By rcsilvmac
Richard Conte

Richard Conte did my check ride in my RV-6 for my PPL. I believe he will do IFR as well. He is based out of McClellan (KMCC).
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-27-2021, 10:00 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,449
Posted By rcsilvmac
Smoke out over LA

I was hoping to fly the California Central Valley south and meet my daughter in Long Beach. Flew 2 hours to Grapevine hills that are where the valley meets SoCal. As I came over the hills I ran into...
Forum: Safety 09-22-2021, 01:44 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,896
Posted By rcsilvmac
Multi Focal Contacts

My Optometrist recommended multi-focal contacts for me. They have worked out fantastic! I gave up a very slight amount of distance sharpness for the ability to read phone, instruments, computer, etc...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2021, 11:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,551
Posted By rcsilvmac
Bumpy ride

It was bumpy ride this weekend in NorCal, but I was so happy to be breathing fresh air, I didn't mind!
Forum: California 08-16-2021, 07:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 757
Posted By rcsilvmac
Preflight recommendation

Lee Apaka is A&P at Rio Vista - Team Light Aviation. Knows RVs really well. lee@teamlightaviation.com. 707-863-1121
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-16-2021, 04:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,224
Posted By rcsilvmac
Smoky flight

Northern California was full of smoke this weekend. I was planning to get away to Tahoe area and had to divert as I was beginning to lose sight of the ground during my climb. Over the day the smoke...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-13-2021, 05:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,717
Posted By rcsilvmac
My VG experience - RV-6A

Last year, after about 20 hours in the plane, I installed the Stolspeed VG kit on my RV-6A. On the day of install, at ~5000' AGL, stall speeds reduced from 52 mph to 49 mph power off, and power on...
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-09-2021, 11:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,276
Posted By rcsilvmac
FlyLED

I went to FlyLED 6 pack. Incredible difference. I am NOT a builder, and used a street sign for aluminum, but fabricated my own mounting plate. A little paint and it looks fantastic. The difference in...
Forum: Reviews 08-05-2021, 06:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,482
Posted By rcsilvmac
Thanks

Exactly the review I was waiting on...I saw the mention of the wide version, but there weren't any pictures of that specifically in an RV-6. Appreciate you posting, this will work perfectly for me as...
Forum: RV-4 08-03-2021, 09:26 PM
Replies: 346
Views: 429,613
Posted By rcsilvmac
Gorgeous!

Nick, kudos on a fantastic airplane. You took a great plane and made it Awesome!
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-14-2021, 06:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,540
Posted By rcsilvmac
Thanks

I appreciated reading your flight blog. You must be really good at shooting photos while flying by now! Appreciate you putting in the work and sharing.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2021, 03:49 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 19,674
Posted By rcsilvmac
Here is the specific text of my email to...

Here is the specific text of my email to 9-AVS-AFG-LODA@faa.gov:

"I would like LODA to receive instruction (BFR, etc) in my experimental RV-6A. Here is my info:"
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2021, 03:10 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 19,674
Posted By rcsilvmac
Sent email

I also used the email address noted above for my request and provided the requested information. In my case I specifically called out BFR and transition training.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2021, 01:56 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 19,674
Posted By rcsilvmac
My LODA Wording

I only requested LODA for transition training and BFR. I am NOT an instructor, so this was for my personal training only.

I don't think there is any rule preventing me from sharing some of the text...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2021, 01:34 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 19,674
Posted By rcsilvmac
Got my LODA for BFR already!

Just got an email from my FSDO with my LODA authorizing me to use my RV for flight instruction within my operating limitations. Fantastic response from Sacramento FSDO! Kudos to them...
Forum: California 07-01-2021, 04:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,257
Posted By rcsilvmac
Shelter Cove

If the coast is clear of marine fog, check out Shelter Cove (0Q5). You can take a short hike off the North end of the airport and explore the black sand beach and scramble up some impressive rocks to...
Forum: Reviews 07-01-2021, 04:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,011
Posted By rcsilvmac
Another Thumbs Up

I will pile on and state that my experience with Tom has always been fantastic, and the products are superb. Fast communications, detailed explanations to my sometimes naïve questions, and products...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-28-2021, 11:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 757
Posted By rcsilvmac
Vote for Sporty's

I used Sporty's PPL class when I transitioned from Sport Pilot to Private Pilot. Great videos, works on a number of platforms, saves progress and great practice exams. I found the practice questions...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2021, 11:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,274
Posted By rcsilvmac
Santa Catalina - KAVX

My bucket list included flying to Catalina Island, and I checked that one off this weekend. A friend was buying a car in Lancaster, CA and needed a ride. I dropped him off Saturday AM and flew over...
Forum: California 06-14-2021, 11:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 739
Posted By rcsilvmac
One more

Dan Masys, EAA tech counselor, RV10 owner, built multiple RVs, great guy. He also assisted me on my pre-buy for my RV6. He is based out of KLHM - few hour flight to Fresno.

dmasys2@gmail.com
Forum: California 06-14-2021, 11:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 739
Posted By rcsilvmac
Couple suggestions

Lee Apaka, Team Light Aviation. Based out of Rio Vista Ca. A lot of RV experience. lee@teamlightaviation.com

Lee Ulrich. Did the condition inspection on my RV-6. Very thorough and also great...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-24-2021, 09:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,164
Posted By rcsilvmac
CVH Fun

Flew down to Hollister California and met some friends for lunch. Great restaurant right off the airport. We were fortunate to watch a P-51 Mustang and L39 take off. Another fun day in the RV!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-13-2021, 11:39 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 14,351
Posted By rcsilvmac
Respect the mission

I am relatively low time in fixed wing (~200hrs) with more than half in my RV-6A. I was fortunate to get training in a variety of aircraft, with very little high wing Cessna time. Like many here, I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2021, 09:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,731
Posted By rcsilvmac
P-51

I got to make cockpit noises while sitting in a P-51 Mustang. Also enjoyed the cockpit of a T6. Made me appreciate the controls of my RV-6A. Also had the pleasure (?) of practicing a nasty cross-wind...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-21-2021, 12:10 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,153
Posted By rcsilvmac
One Wheel and Electric Unicyle in RV-6

On a recent cross country I flew with a friend in my RV-6 tip up with both a One Wheel XR and an Inmotion V8 electric unicycle in the back. The back area was full with those two machines (~28lbs ea)...
Forum: Safety 04-16-2021, 03:30 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 10,036
Posted By rcsilvmac
Bruce, I wish I had hangar near you - I could...

Bruce, I wish I had hangar near you - I could keep you busy on my RV-6A! :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2021, 01:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,142
Posted By rcsilvmac
Mike - I use an Electric Unicycle (EUC) and my...

Mike - I use an Electric Unicycle (EUC) and my friend uses a One Wheel XR. Both of these can travel up to 18-20Mph, 15-20 miles. They each weigh 30 lbs which makes W&B a challenge in the RV-6 baggage...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2021, 07:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,142
Posted By rcsilvmac
West and East Grand Canyon

I apologize, I landed on West side and South side. For West side I landed at 1G4 - Grand Canyon West. Fantastic place to land - was able to walk right to a bus station and get a quick ride to a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2021, 11:15 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,142
Posted By rcsilvmac
Grand Canyon - Norcal to GCN

Took my RV-6A from Sacramento area to Grand Canyon National Park. Nine+ hours of flying over 2 days. Camped overnight in state land right out of town. We were able to do rim tours of both West and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2021, 01:11 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 9,568
Posted By rcsilvmac
RV6A installation Six Pack

I installed a Six Pack in my RV-6A wing. The builder had built a simple cover plate and bracket between two ribs. Here are before and after pics of my upgrade to the FlyLEDs 6 pack. This was a huge...
Forum: California 04-02-2021, 11:18 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,169
Posted By rcsilvmac
Some NorCal suggestions - my regular haunts

KAUN - Auburn - Wings - great food. I absolutely love the Chicken Fried Steak. Order after 11 am and you can get fries instead of potatoes.

KOVE - Oroville - Deli at Golf Course - about 1/3 up the...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 03-31-2021, 05:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,188
Posted By rcsilvmac
Gorgeous

Sounds like a long term grin machine! Enjoy!
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 03-29-2021, 06:12 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 13,278
Posted By rcsilvmac
Thanks for sharing!

I really appreciate you shedding your ego and sharing this with the community. Congrats on safely getting on the ground!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-01-2021, 03:59 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,706
Posted By rcsilvmac
New PMAG

Test flew my newly installed PMAG. Replaced a 700+ hour Bendix mag with the PMAG. Ran into a few installation hiccups caused by my inexperience, but got great assistance from Tom @ TSFLIGHTLINES to...
Forum: Reviews 02-19-2021, 12:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,947
Posted By rcsilvmac
Second Kudos for Flightlines!

I had a minor hose need, and Tom was incredibly creative to help craft a solution for me. He is a fantastic supporter of this community and has now gained another lifetime customer!
Forum: Propellers 02-08-2021, 09:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,468
Posted By rcsilvmac
Yes, I put the wrong static number in. I...

Yes, I put the wrong static number in. I apologize for confusion and have corrected the original post. We actually saw 2275 RPM static.
Forum: Propellers 02-08-2021, 07:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,468
Posted By rcsilvmac
My understanding was the Lycoming O-320 could...

My understanding was the Lycoming O-320 could deliver additional performance at RPMs higher than the 2600 I was seeing on my old prop - hence by being able to drive higher RPMs (to 2700) I can...
Forum: Propellers 02-08-2021, 03:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,468
Posted By rcsilvmac
Props: From Wood to Catto - initial impressions

I fly an RV-6A with O-320-E2A. I have flown about 150 hours on this plane with a Sterba 68x78 wood prop. I had been contemplating upgrading this prop and had been closely watching threads on this...
Forum: Painting your RV 02-04-2021, 12:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,167
Posted By rcsilvmac
Nah, the RV-15 is a tailwheel!

Nah, the RV-15 is a tailwheel!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-25-2021, 04:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 867
Posted By rcsilvmac
"On my 1990 RV-6 plans there are complete...

"On my 1990 RV-6 plans there are complete instructions for installing the E brake system."

Art, I am no expert in reading RV plans (but I am getting better) - this was what I could find - and...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-24-2021, 10:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 867
Posted By rcsilvmac
Thanks

Thanks - sounds like I need to pull the carpet. I looked on the firewall under the cowling and there were no obvious nut plates. Once I get it apart I will take some pics for future reference.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-24-2021, 05:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 867
Posted By rcsilvmac
Parking Brake Rebuild

I have a Cleveland Parking Brake on my RV-6A. It is leaking at the top cylinder so I purchased some o-rings in an attempt to rebuild it. My question is how is it attached to the bulkhead?

I looked...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-12-2021, 12:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,747
Posted By rcsilvmac
Tahoe Flight

Did a quick flight to Lake Tahoe to show a friend around the KTVL airport. The restaurant on the airport was closed so we walked a few miles into town and had a outdoor, take-out only breakfast. It...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 01-05-2021, 11:02 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,658
Posted By rcsilvmac
Practice time

Got out to practice a few rolls in the crisp sky -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5HnQLuQv70
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-04-2021, 06:21 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,579
Posted By rcsilvmac
Too good...

I am now "confused, unsettled and very, very scared." Thanks for the laugh Josh!
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-02-2021, 07:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,226
Posted By rcsilvmac
Thanks, in progress

I appreciate all the pointers. I have ordered the parts to rebuild the passenger cylinders as well as the “spring mod” to increase pressure on all 4 cylinders. Hopefully will get all that done next...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-30-2020, 11:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,226
Posted By rcsilvmac
Google search much better...

after searching the RV-6 forum on this site I couldn't find any description of the brake system. I then went to google, searched "RV-6 brake system) and found this thread:...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-30-2020, 11:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,226
Posted By rcsilvmac
Journey continues

I rebuilt the cylinders on the left side and re-assembled everything. Of course I got a few things wrong the first couple times I re-assembled... now I am back to my original issue. The co-pilot...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-23-2020, 11:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,226
Posted By rcsilvmac
Thanks - going to rebuild

I am going to follow Dave's suggestions and tackle a rebuild. Dave, thanks for the pictures!

This forum is one of the key reasons I own an RV. Thanks for the support!
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-22-2020, 08:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,226
Posted By rcsilvmac
Brake Master Cylinder newbie question

I am not very mechanically inclined, but my RV-6A is insisting I learn. I recently had the right brake lose pressure. Of course I need to bleed the brakes...so I spent the better part of a day...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2020, 12:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,374
Posted By rcsilvmac
Opinions vs your income source

Vic, thanks for jumping in on this. You brought a great perspective to the discussion. This is one of the reasons I follow this site closely.

Of course all are welcome to their opinions. I agree...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-19-2020, 07:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 9,435
Posted By rcsilvmac
Rudderless plane

This weekend my RV-6A lost it's tail for an upgrade. Stiffening the horizontal stabilizer.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2020, 10:47 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 897
Posted By rcsilvmac
I used John's 360 Coating. It definitely made a...

I used John's 360 Coating. It definitely made a nice glossy finish and the bugs come off much quicker. I wouldn't say it looks any better than a nice wax job, but it should last a lot longer. One...
Forum: Safety 09-12-2020, 09:02 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,874
Posted By rcsilvmac
Thanks for sharing. The most important thing I...

Thanks for sharing. The most important thing I took away was your willingness to learn from your mistakes. As Viper said in Top Gun, "keep sending him up."
Forum: Safety 09-12-2020, 08:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,346
Posted By rcsilvmac
RV-6A Warning

I bought an RV-6A about 11 months ago. I had a local expert accompany me for a pre-buy. We did not do a detailed inspection - removing tail and wing fairings for instance. The plane looked gorgeous,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2020, 07:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,994
Posted By rcsilvmac
Low Carbs

It is all about reducing weight, so while I love a good Boddingtons, Mic Ultra is only 96 cards...important when you are being a small VW derivative engine! :)
Forum: Aircraft Camping 08-21-2020, 10:37 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 30,372
Posted By rcsilvmac
Fantastic story

Great write up! I really enjoy these - thanks for taking the time to write these up.
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